New Osgoode Certificate Program Starts Nov. 29

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Osgoode Professional Development, a leader in professional legal education, is offering a unique new opportunity for paralegals: an intensive four-day certificate program that includes three of the main paralegal forums.

The first Osgoode Certificate in Handling Provincial Offences Court, Small Claims Court & Landlord and Tenant Board Matters program starts Sat. Nov. 29.

This certificate program was developed especially for paralegals and lawyers, as well other professionals and legal educators who would benefit from having a working knowledge of these areas. Over four Saturdays in November, December, January and February, the program provides legal professionals with practical insights and strategies for appearing in three key forums within the Paralegal Scope of Practice.

The learning modules blend lectures, case studies and class discussion, emphasizing the practical, hands-on application. An evaluation component offers registrants an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the first three modules by participating in various in-class exercises led by a group of expert facilitators.

    Annual CPD Requirement – 2014 & 2015

Osgoode Hall Law School is one of the world’s pre-eminent law schools. Osgoode Professional Development offers both credit and non-credit programming and is an Accredited Provider of Professionalism content, by the Law Society of Upper Canada. This program contains 12.5 Substantive, and 3.0 Professionalism Hours in each of 2014 and 2015. Completing the certificate will allow participants to fulfill their annual CPD requirements with the Law Society of Upper Canada for both 2014 & 2015.

With a webcast option, participants can take part live in downtown Toronto, or from another location.

More than 25 judges, lawyers, paralegals, justices of the peace, deputy judges and legal educators are among the instructors. The Hon. Justice Rick Libman, a familiar face to many paralegals, is Program Director. Registrants will receive a copy of Handling Provincial Offences Cases in Ontario, co-authored by Justice Libman.

Osgoode Certificate - Handling Provincial Offences Court, Small Claims Court & Landlord and Tenant Board Matters

Program Highlights Include:

Provincial Offences Court – Sat. Nov. 29, 2014

    • Role, duties, requirements and responsibilities of a POA practitioner
    • Advocacy tips for preparing and conducting a trial
    • Tips on effective appeal advocacy

Landlord and Tenant Board – Sat. Dec. 13, 2014

    • Strategies and best practices
    • Advocacy tips for applications
    • Tips on post-decision enforcement, appeals

Small Claims Court – Sat. Jan. 31, 2015

    • Jurisdiction and remedies
    • Tips “from the Bench” on how to be a good advocate
    • How to use the Rules to your advantage

Evaluation – Sat. Feb. 28, 2015

    • In-class exercises incorporating modules 1-3
    • Fact scenarios
    • Pass/fail evaluation

The cost, including HST, is $2,486. This includes program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the four days. Financial assistance and group rates are available. In-person sessions take place at Osgoode Professional Development’s downtown Toronto conference centre, 1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor.

Register online, or call: 416-597-9724 / 1-888-923-3394.

    To learn more about the program (including about financial assistance and group rates), contact Stéphane McRoberts (program lawyer) at (416) 619-4351 or by e-mail at

One comment

  1. Sounds like a great program but in my opinion that price will be out of reach for most.

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